First Look: New Toys and Collectibles for Disney/Pixar’s ‘Toy Story’ and ‘Cars’

Disney Consumer Products kicked off its 2010 holiday tour this past week in New York City and brought representatives from every division imaginable to show off all of the new wonderful products you’ll be finding on the shelves this holiday season and we were there to help spread all the joy with you.

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Vinylmation Announces Release Dates for Vinylmation Jr #2, Condiments and Bonus Park #4

Plane Crazy Mickey Vinylmation by Thomas ScottFriday will see the release of two previously announced sets of Vinylmation series at the Walt Disney World resort plus an addition to the Park Series #4.

Plane Crazy Mickey (pictured) by Thomas Scott will come in a combo pack along with a random Park Series #4 figure.

Vinylmation Jr #2 which has already been released at the Disneyland Resort will be released this Friday at Walt Disney World as will the limited edition Vinylmation Condiments set, which will be available at both resorts. The 6 figure set is limited to 2,000 pieces and retails for $84.95.

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First Look: Inside Disney Store’s Very First ‘Imagination Park’

With a wave of a wand, a Disney princess magically appears in the mirror. Photo courtesy Disney Consumer Products.At D23 Expo in 2009, Disney Store President Jim Fielding regaled an eager audience with his tale of the Disney Store. From its humble beginnings to the next chapter in the Disney retail experience. Dubbed ‘Imagination Park,’ Fielding briefly touched upon what he defined as being ‘the best thirty minutes of a child’s day.’

Today, Disney Store turned to the first page of the new chapter as they unveiled ‘Imagination Park’ to the world via its Montebello, CA location, just outside Los Angeles and it’s every bit of wow that one had come to expect from the hype. Eventually all the Disney Stores are expected to adopt the new look and philosophy of Imagination Park, but — for now — 20 locations are expected to receive the update this year, including new stores in New York’s Times Square and San Francisco’s Union Square, amongst others.

With a new store design comes a new costume for Disney Store cast members and Imagination Park is no exception. The new Disney Store cast member costume is a gingham blue checkerboard shirt with khakis. Cast member name badges have also been modified, this time to include the individual cast member’s favorite Disney character.

We had already known about the castle which features a special mirror: when children hold special Disney Princess merchandise with an embedded RFID chip in the packaging, they are instantly greeted by Ariel, Aurora, Cinderella, Snow White or Tiana who appears in the mirror right before their very eyes — as if by magic.

But if you’re thinking Imagination Park is neglecting the boys, think again! Because right here in Imagination Park is a small RIDEMAKERZ station. The very same custom-R/C car store that has already set up shop at Downtown Disney at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts has found a home in Imagination Park. But what sets this particular RIDEMAKERZ apart is that it offers vehicles and accessories based on Disney/Pixar’s CARS, which are exclusive to the Montebello store.

Virtually everything Fielding has talked about in Imagination Park can be found here. A large custom screen housed inside a gazebo allows children to pick and choose the multimedia presented to them and provides other exciting opportunities to take advantage of the new technology.

Another Imagination Park element talked about is the ability to add a little scent to the air, such as pine trees if A Christmas Carol was playing in the store. Although it’s not quite there yet, the ability to scent the air is there and it does just that about every 20 minutes or so with the single scent currently available. And what’s a park without trees? Or more precisely, what’s an Imagination Park without magical trees? These treescan interact with guests and provide special experiences you’ll have to see to believe such as creating displays of virtual fireworks to celebrate special occasions.

One thing that’s missing that had been discussed is something called ‘mobile checkout’ — the ability for Cast Members on the floor to check out guests on the spot without having to wait on line at registers. Although it’s not available at the present time, we hear it may not be far behind.

And the magic doesn’t stop at just the experiences, we also encountered some additional surprises in way of inventory. For example, while they’re not even available in the parks as of yet, the Montebello Disney Store is selling Toy Story and Have a Laugh Vinylmations.

The Disney Store at the Shops at Montebello opened today as part of a soft opening with a grand opening planned for June 29. Today, the first 500 guests received a special gift (Mickey ears) while on June 29, there will be a formal grand opening of the store with Disney execs and characters appearing throughout the day in addition to the other festivities.

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Disney Unveils Cutting Edge TRON-Inspired Toys and Electronics Line

[singlepic id=514 w=160 h=120 float=left]Disney Consumer Products (DCP) today unveiled a first look at its unprecedented fall line-up of TRON: Legacy inspired electronics and toys (#TronMerch), including the first-ever action figures to feature impulse light projection technology. Also unveiled were high-end lifestyle headphones and advanced computer peripherals for gaming enthusiasts, illuminated iPod® docks, high-quality ear buds and iPhone® cases; and break-through zero-gravity vehicles that travel up and down walls. Walt Disney Picture’s TRON: Legacy, starring Academy® Award winning actor Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund and Olivia Wilde, will take audiences on a thrilling action-packed adventure in a unique virtual world when it hits theaters Dec. 17, 2010 in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D.

Featuring dark finishes, neon lighting and a cyber aesthetic, DCP’s new TRON: Legacy line will immerse kids and adults alike into the amazing, illuminated cyber world of TRON. Developed in collaboration with leading industry innovators including Spinmaster, Monster, Performance Designed Products (PDP) and Razer, TRON products will be available at retail beginning this October and will be showcased at the San Diego Comic Con International Convention next month giving fans an exclusive first look.

TRON: Legacy is a cutting-edge film with a unique futuristic feel, and we wanted to create products with new technology and high-end design that live up to what you will see on screen,” said Chris Heatherly, VP of toys and electronics, Disney Consumer Products. “This is not a typical movie line. We’re working exclusively with trailblazers who normally do not do movie merchandise, but they believed so passionately in TRON that they jumped at the chance to help us make great products.”

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New DisneyStore.com Arrivals for June 21, 2010 (12 Items)

New DisneyStore.com arrivals for June 21, 2010

Below is a list of new items now available for purchase at DisneyStore.com. Clicking on a product’s image or description will launch the product’s page on DisneyStore.com in another window.

Note that this list is generated and posted automatically. Stitch Kingdom should not be held responsible for any inaccuracies, misinformation or item availability.

Summer Time Series Donald Duck with Chip an Dale PinSummer Time Series Donald Duck with Chip an’ Dale Pin – $14.95
Summer Time Series Bruce PinSummer Time Series Bruce Pin – $14.95
Summer Time Series Minnie Mouse PinSummer Time Series Minnie Mouse Pin – $14.95
D23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Mickey Mouse PinD23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Mickey Mouse Pin – $19.95
D23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Minnie Mouse PinD23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Minnie Mouse Pin – $19.95
D23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Goofy PinD23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Goofy Pin – $19.95
Americana Pin Set -- 6-Pc.Americana Pin Set — 6-Pc. – $149.95
D23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Donald Duck PinD23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Donald Duck Pin – $19.95
Summer Time Series Ariel & Flounder PinSummer Time Series Ariel & Flounder Pin – $14.95
Summer Time Series Stitch PinSummer Time Series Stitch Pin – $14.95
Summer Time Series Tinker Bell PinSummer Time Series Tinker Bell Pin – $14.95
D23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Pluto PinD23 Membership Exclusive Fab 5 Shield Series Pluto Pin – $19.95

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Vinylmation Jr. Series #2 Unveiled Online; On Sale at Disneyland

Woody and Buzz by Thomas Scott from Vinylmation Jr. Series #2Vinylmation Jr Series #2 is being released this morning at the Disneyland Resort (release date for Walt Disney World and online unknown) and the official Vinylmation blog is offering a look at the entire line including the chasers.

The series by Disney Design Group artist Thomas Scott features 1 1/2″ tall figures based on Bambi, Buzz Lightyear, Cheshire Cat, Cinderella, Donald Duck, Figment, Genie, Goofy, Minnie Mouse, Nemo, Peter Pan, Pluto, Pooh, Snow White, Tigger, Woody and two chasers.

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Photo Gallery: Joan Cusack Signing for Disney Store Limited Edition Jessie Doll

In honor of the theatrical release of Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, The Disney Store created a limited edition talking Jessie doll which will be sold at select locations nationwide. For the product’s unveiling at the Michigan Avenue store in Chicago, IL, D23 invited a limited number of members to have the first opportunity to purchase the doll as well as meet and greet with Toy Story 3 co-star and voice of Jessie, Joan Cusack.

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Thinkway Toys’ Toy Story Definitive Collection Vol 7: Lasseter’s Tater Talk on Mr. Potato Head

Disney Consumer Products and Thinkway Toys have revived the popular video series on the Toy Story Collection line of toys with a brand new installment, this one featuring the all new Mr. Potato Head. In this episode, John explores the origin of the Playskool favorite’s (potato) chip on his shoulder and why Don Rickles was the only real choice to voice the sarcastic spud.

Mr. Potato Head from the Toy Story Collection by Thinkway ToysHere’s some of the features you’ll find with the Toy Story Definitive Collection Mr. Potato Head:

  • Highly detailed film replica from DISNEY/PIXAR’s digital data.
  • Has detachable eyes with eyebrows, ears, nose with moustache, mouth, arms and hat.

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D23 Introduces Member-Only ‘Toy Story 3’ Limited Edition Pin Set Exclusive

D23 member exclusive 'Toy Story 3' pin setInspired by the original teaser posters for Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3, D23 has released this set of member-only exclusive pins commemorating the relase of the new movie on June 18.

The set is limited to an extremely low production run of just 100 pieces and features three individual pins, each measure 2 1/4″ tall.

For more information or to order the set, visit the D23 Boutique and search for item # 513975P.

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‘World of Color’ Passholder Exclusive Trading Pin Now Available on DisneyStore.com

'World of Color' Annual Passholder Exclusive PinIn what may very well be a first, DisneyStore.com is allowing Disneyland Resort Annual Passholders the opportunity to purchase an AP exclusive item online, albeit a bit clumsily. Taking advantage of the existing personalization feature on the site, it allows guests to enter in their AP number, last name and zip code for verification.

The item’s page makes no mention of limits in terms of number of items purchased, but none have been formally announced for purchasing the pin in-person either.

For more information or to purchase the pin, visit the Disney Parks section of the Disney pin shop or search for item #400000415406P.

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